It takes moxie to name your eatery after the world's tallest mountain. But the culinary team at Mount Everest Restaurant earns the appellation by whipping up a mammoth menu of classic and lesser-known Indian dishes. Cooks cover all the staples—from lamb rogan josh to chicken skewers cooked in tandoor ovens. Housemade cheeses simmer in curries or creamy mountain sauce, made according to a secret recipe passed down through generations of Himalayan yetis.
Beyond Indian entrees, the menu includes low-fat Nepali options such as cauliflower sautéed in Nepalese spices and garnished with cilantro. Libations from a fully stocked bar complement each aromatic dish, served under sparkling chandeliers and amid paintings of the famous summit.
Herb & Soul chefs B. Taylor and David Thomas operate under a simple mantra with several implications. When they say their mission is to "feed the soul," they mean that their fried chicken, short ribs, and Georgia bread pudding are more than just items on the menu—they’re nourishing reminders of the home-cooked meals of childhood.
They also mean that they do their best to foster long-standing relationships with local farmers and stock their small, down-home establishment with organic produce, grass-fed meats, and sustainably sourced fish. Herb & Soul's support of sustainable agriculture benefits the environment as well, since the restaurant converts its waste into compost and recycles its oil on the kitchen’s slip 'n' slide.
The allure of Bill Bateman's Bistro increases exponentially with a glance at the wide-ranging menu. Locally lauded for its superlative wings, Bill Bateman's Bistro's offers glazed poultry in a variety of sizes and sauces. Combine cuisines with 10 ($8.49) of the Sweet Thai Chili Wings, or firmly uphold winged tradition with 30 original buffalo wings ($22.99). Fifty Wings from Hell ($36.99) will sate the fire-deprived tongues of fearless wing devourers and can be ordered via a Ouija board that until recently was just a game. The shrimp-melt wrap ($10.99), jalapeñoed Heat Wave Burger ($8.99), and grilled-chicken-topped California Salad ($10.99) are but a few of the numerous bites capable of complementing the various cold draft beers. For the full rundown of possible palate pleasers, see the complete menu for each participating location: Parkville, Severna Park, Glen Burnie, and Reisterstown.
There is more to chef Mohammad Rahman’s menu than the staples that diners have come to expect from an Indian restaurant, although crowd favorites do have reserved places. Rahman and his wife, Salma Khanam—who is the restaurant’s maitre d’—incorporate flavors from their homeland of Bangladesh, including fish fry combos and shak bhaji (made with custom-spiced spinach). Halal meats such as fish, lamb, goat, and chicken star in rich curry dishes, nicely accompanied by warm naan fresh from the tandoor oven. The eatery's lunch buffet pits stomachs against a bounty of dishes, piled high with delectables to reward diners who wore their nicest stilettos. Kitchen of India’s environment is warm and romantic, with white tablecloths serving as elegant yet neutral complements to colorful paintings and carved sculptures.
Charcoal Grill’s titular grill crisps the outside edge of beef slowly in order for flavors to soak into the meat. At its peak crispness, certified Angus beef moves from grill to mouth in thin slices held between kaiser rolls or rye bread. Charcoal Grill's other meaty options include slow-cooked pulled chicken, barbecued pork, and chicken wings that come in 13 flavors. Wings fill orders big and small, from individual portions to batches of up to 200, sating even the hungriest of competitive-eater houseguests.